Most of the time, a team’s first regulation loss in seven games isn’t cause for concern or alarm. And many Canucks fans would probably say that’s the case here, too.
But it’s clear that the animosity and general bad will toward the Bruins hasn’t gone away since 2011. And seeing Boston down the Canucks by a 4-0 score brought up some bad memories.
It wasn’t just the result though—the Bruins pretty convincingly showed that the Canucks don’t belong in their weight class. True, being outshot isn’t anything new for these Canucks, but the Bruins really made a show of it, outshooting Vancouver 42-25.
Any time the goalie on the losing side of a 4-0 decision is given the second star of the game, you know it’s been lopsided.
Yes, it was another game in which Jacob Markstrom held the Canucks in the game, but this time the team couldn’t muster a goal and a stagnant powerplay came to a screeching halt.
Here’s what we saw in the Canucks’ 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins.
Apt description of the night
This was the best optimism the Canucks Twitter account could muster.
Technicality of the night
The Bruins first goal appeared to be offside to the members of the broadcast team, the Canucks bench and most watching at home. But on social media, a consensus (that it wasn’t, in fact, offside) was reached.
Cheap shot of the night
Matt Grzelyck of the Bruins waited a good two seconds after Elias Pettersson had gotten rid of the puck to throw him down viciously.
It was a hit that Canucks coach Travis Green was visibly upset with.
“I’m so frustrated with that,” said Green after the game. “This guy’s one of the best young players in the league and he gets hit, he’s totally defenseless, two seconds after he lets go of the puck, I’ve watched it a couple of times, he’s unassuming, he’s defenseless and he feels like there’s no way he’s going to get hit in that spot, he’s in a vulnerable spot, those are this the league is trying to get out of the game, epseically against top young guys, and I think Petey’s shown he is one of those guys. It’s tough for me to see as a coach, some of the abuse he takes…he’s not the biggest guy but that doesn’t mean you can take advantage of him.”
Name of the night
That would be Bruins winger Anton Blidh, whose surname is pronounced “Bleed”. Seriously.
Toughest argument of the night
Usually, we’d be very much on board with calling out Bruins forward for diving. But Green did it in retaliation to an Alex Edler penalty for tripping that put the Bruins on an extended 5-on-3 powerplay. The Canucks killed it off, but they couldn't capitalize on that momentum.
Twitter controversy of the night
It didn’t involve the game in the slightest, but it did concern Canucks prospect Tyler Madden, who plays for Northeastern University in Boston and was playing in the Beanpot tournament on Monday night.
Calder talk of the night
Surprise, surprise, it was non-existent, ostensibly because Quinn Hughes had a tough game while Avalanche defenceman Cale Makar registered an assist and a plus-3 rating.
Meanwhile, Hughes gave the puck away three times, one of which he took a penalty on. Not the best night for the rookie, but those have proved to be very few and far between.
Observation of the night
The scorers at TD Garden had the hits advantage 29-27 in favour of the Bruins, but that seemed low. Boston finishes every check possible (including, as we noted earlier, when it’s definitely illegal), and it seemed like the Canucks were having a tough time handling that.
It’s only going to get more physical from here, so if the Canucks have any designs on making the playoffs (and we know they do), they’re going to accept the ramped up physicality that’s going to come their way. And embrace it.
Question of the night
Can Micheal Ferland provide a physical spark for the Canucks when he comes back to the lineup?
We’ll likely have more on this later on in the week, but it’s a question worth asking.
Ferland was supposed to be headed down to the Utica Comets of the AHL on a conditioning stint, but that was delayed.
We’d like to say Vancouver could use a presence like his, but really they could use a presence like he provided in Calgary and Carolina the last couple of seasons. He hasn’t proven to be very effective in a Canucks uniform, at least so far.
Hopefully he comes back to the lineup fully healthy and ready to go. The Canucks could need him.
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